USB Flash Drive Scam! What the?
OK… You hear a lot about knockoff products these days. I've always known about cheap imitations and copies of well known goods. One of the most famous is the old fake Rolex watch. Knockoffs of clothing and woman's handbags by Gucci and Prada for example are also widely known and accepted as cheaper or more affordable versions of the original. Not all of us can afford to buy a $120.00 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses just to lose or sit on accidentally, so we might buy some RayBand sunglasses for $12.00 instead. We know that replicas of all types of products exist and we pay less for them expecting a lesser quality, which is OK because we know what we are buying, most of the time… for other sometimes… and for a few never. When a knockoff of a product does not perform the task of the original it is based upon, no longer is it called a replica or clone, but a rip off right? If you buy what you believe to be a product and it is totally different than what was advertised to you that could be fraud. There exists in this wonderful free market lots of high quality items selling with high prices, and when something is popular and sells well others will surely copy it if they can to cash in on the success of that product. I thought I had a grasp on this concept until I myself got scammed with a rip off product.
Posted by Shawn Hill 8-31-2005
Update for Saturday September 3rd 2005
OK... after communicating with 3 different Sony employees about this item, I think it's pretty safe to conclude that they don't have a product even remotely close to the ones listed here. The drive casings and style are not Sony and all the capacity variants packaged the same are counterfeit fakes. Sony has no record of these items and will not warranty them. So do not buy one! Also I have gotten a couple responses from sellers on ebay.com stating that they have tested the drives and found them to be good after copying a couple of files. Remember the internal memory has to be filled up before you will get the truncated data. Do not just copy a couple of MP3s or word documents that are only 30k each to the drive. A single file or multiple files that contain at least half if not the full advertised capacity needs to be copied to the drive and read back. The internal memory chips within these units may have 128MB, 256MB, or if your lucky a 512MB actual size, although I can’t imagine being so lucky as to get a 512MB fake because it might actually be worth 30 bucks. To the sellers of these items: So far Sony employees can not verify the existence of the products you are selling as legit Sony models. Even if the drives worked and had the full advertised capacity they would be counterfeit and fraudulent knockoffs. The sale of these items would then be illegal and should not continue!
Posted by Shawn Hill
|Update for Friday September 9th 2005|
| Wow... I have to say I am impressed at how a lot of the sellers are dealing with the auctions of these flash drives. To my surprise many sellers I have personally contacted lately have been very positive about receiving information regarding the counterfeit nature of the products they are selling. Many have canceled auctions to protect buyers and have begun to look back at the suppliers to get answers. I commend all the sellers who have taken it upon themselves to stop the sale of these fake flash drives and halt the flow of them into poor unsuspecting consumer hands. Big thumbs up!
On another note however I still see many auctions continuing even after the seller is informed that the items are not legit. A lot of these auctions are dealing in the GBP (United Kingdom Pounds) currency and list the items location as being in Hong Kong, Norway, and the United Kingdom. I am not an expert guys but I am pretty sure Sony would have applied for trade mark protection outside of the United States also making the falsely labeled products illegal to sell in your country. I could be wrong, I am not a Sony rep and personally have no interest in the company other than consumer electronics so far. I do not deal in stocks and do not have anything to gain from helping or not helping any entity associated with Sony. My only gain is the knowledge that I have helped at least a few people avoid getting ripped off and that just makes it a little more difficult for the dishonest suppliers to move their garbage. With that being said I am concentrating mainly on sellers located within the United States and maybe Canada since they are pretty much attached to us. I hope someone can focus on informing sellers outside of the U.S.
And a big thank you goes out to b777wolfman who has refunded me in full for both of the counterfeit flash drives I had received from him. After dealing with this particular seller I believe he was yet another victim that thought they got a great deal on some new high capacity flash drives that could be resold under retail. As a result the negative feedback I quickly left this seller was withdrawn and I used the recouped money to purchase two of the MEMINA brand 2GB Rocket USB Flash Drives Model # 829222190203 from Newegg.com . These drives were $142.54 each the day I bought them from Newegg.com and dropped to $139.99 the next day on there site. gurrrr! Oh well I am very happy so far with this product and believe it has a reasonable cost considering its speed. As you can imagine I researched this puppy up and down before making a purchase. The drive is rated with a 200X read speed ( 30mb per second ) and a 160X write speed ( 24mb per second ) and it delivers. I copied 1.5GB of data in the form of 2 VOB media files to the drive in just under 70 seconds! That's about 21.5mb per second write speed on large files which is what I transfer the most. The drive uses SLC ( Single Level Cell ) memory instead of the cheaper MLC ( Multi Level Cell ) memory found in slower less expensive flash drives and for those interested I have posted some info I found on these two memory architectures down below. I am in no way endorsing this particular drive or promoting any kind of product here and don't want this page to be mistaken for an advertisement. I am only sharing my experience with others and I will leave it at that.
I sure hope as many buyers as possible are able to regain there money and reinvest in some non counterfeit quality flash drives as I was able to. Also my hopes are that the sellers who are considered buyers by their suppliers will step up and try to re coupe there losses through the wholesalers and dealers instead of attempting to obtain money through dishonest sales. Eventually the consumers will find out and guess who they are going to contact? YOU!
|Posted by Shawn Hill|